Busy Hands….

8 Jun

Many of us are keeping our hands busy and minds calm with sewing through this strange difficult time. It’s going to be a while before we can all meet up but this is what links us together when we can’t physically be together. How lucky are we to be busy and productive and able to share moments of happiness with our quilting?

Julia has been very busy and productive making 3 sets of scrubs for daughter Mel, 2 scrubs bags and more masks, plus two quilts from 15 + years ago, another 18 months and she might have finished all her UFO’S!

Pat has also been very busy clearing out, so hasn’t got much wool left after doing a crochet blanket and a ground mat for a play tent she’s making for her granddaughter, it looks a bit like a target.  The quilt is her first scrappy quilt all made from scraps and partly using Fat quarters. It all turned out better than she expected and looks brilliant.

Heulwen has been busy making her “Pandemic Quilt”, a mystery quilt by Edyta Sitar that was on YouTube in April.  She say’s it was a very enjoyable quilt to do, and very good for using up fabric. It’s a stunner too!

Penny has been busy making Beads of Courage Bags for Keris to send on to University Hospital Wales. These are a few samples of the 30 bags she has finished. She has also made more Luna Lapin rabbits and these are the ones she has finished dressing, just gorgeous!

Keris has been busy making her son and daughter in law a cushion for their wedding anniversary with blocks taken from Susan Briscoe’s book “Japanese Taupe Quilt Blocks”. What great colour choices!

Corinne is still working on these small embroideries which will eventually be a small quilt/wall hanging! Stay safe and positive everyone and keep sending your photos, we love to see them!

Makers and Mindfulness!

20 Apr

I hope you are all keeping busy and finding new projects to start and UFO’s to finish. Wherever we are we can share things until we can physically meet up again.

Julia has been busy putting together quilts and quilting them ready for the raffle. The scrap quilt made in a day at the February meeting and blocks for a nine square which were a donation from Betty.

Keris has finished a cushion for her grandaughter. They play “Pooh Sticks” together on journey from school.

Elaine Keris and Corinne have been working on a sampler quilt Block of the Month from Today’s Quilter Magazine designed by Carolyn Forster. It has taken over a year but here they are. Tops finished and ready to be quilted.

Jan has been busy making fabric storage boxes for her craft room.

Elaine and Truda have been working on the Beads of Courage bags to support children going through Cancer treatment. The programme is currently in more than 110 hospitals around the UK, bringing strength and support to more than 5000 children and their families, as they face childhood cancer. BOC provides a physical journal for a child going through treatment, and gives the child a voice and understanding, helping them articulate to others the journey they are taking.

Keris gives the bags to a local nurse who is working with the children undergoing treatment.

Pat has finished 2 Luna Lapin rabbits after the workshop run by Chris Morfett. Any of the books, resources and kits can be bought from Cool Crafting by clicking the blue link above.

Corinne’s first Rabbit turned out to be Alfie and he now has a sister Luna, still waiting for her dress!

Corinne has been busy finishing a Seasons Quilt first started in 2014 in a class run by Ros Jones. The tiny embroideries were a sticking point but with some practice and encouragement from friends, here it is. It’s being quilted mostly by hand, which is very therapeutic in these difficult times.

This is a tiny 6×6 inch free embroidery design by Natalie Bird from The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs . Natalie was inspired to set this up and the patterns, from 16 Australian designers, free on Facebook are, “Love and Hugs from Australia”. There are 16 days of patterns to download from some amazing designers. They are all given freely to inspire us through the Covid -19 crisis. Needless to say I am still lingering on the second one and many of the 10,000+ followers are at the end but there is no pressure to finish them. We have the time. This is the first..

Keep sending your photos everyone and stay safe. Thinking of you all!

Always surprising!

17 Mar

This month we were busy again with a workshop, Bath Sewing Studio, a tombola and a surprising number of members in attendance. The next 2 meetings and workshops, April and May, have been cancelled and further meetings will be reviewed as we go along. The workshops will be re- introduced as things get back to normal and time allows.

Mark Pickles from Bath Sewing Studio came to visit and service machines. He brought a wonderful choice of fabrics to keep us busy during our time at home and such good value too. Looking at the positive side of this Covid-19 isolation, we are expecting a huge selection of finished works of art in the “Show and Tell” session at our first meeting back! So come on ladies, lets work on our UFO’s!

Here are 3 beautiful examples for the Tenovus raffle.

Truda, Jeannie, Heulwen, Pam, Gill and Wendy have already been working hard to finish things! Well done all.

Last but not least our Luna Lapin workshop with Chris was excellent. We had great fun and I’m hoping to see lots of finished bunnies at our next meeting. Many thanks for sharing your expertise Chris!

Take care everyone and keep sewing!

Busy Sewing Bee!

12 Feb

This month it was Quilt in a Day and it turned out to be 2 quilts in a day! What clever busy quilters our members are. Including the SewAlong Sampler and Jeannie’s Scrap quilt, by the end of the day we had 4 quilt tops ready to be layered and quilted in preparation for the Tenovus Raffle next year. The whole room was a “hive” of industry. Well done everyone!

It was such a busy day!

Show and Tell from first Marie, a quilt for her son who went to New York for his honeymoon. It depicts the skyline and the fabric on the back is a map of New York. Gorgeous!

Then another gorgeous quilt made by Gill for a new grandchild!

To add to an already fabulous day the ladies from Red House Quilting brought their Pop up Shop with some lovely fabrics, threads and notions! Who could ask for more? Well next month……wait and see!

Soup, Sewing and Cecilia!

24 Jan

What an interesting, busy start to the New Year it was for the first meeting back. We had Show and Tell, with an amazing quantity and variety of different things. Then a delicious soup and roll lunch to raise money for our charity the next year, Tenovus! Finishing off with a stunning display of work from talented quilter, speaker and tutor Cecilia Slinn. Take a look at the photos and you’ll see what a lot of talent we have amongst us!

Cecilia Slinn.

Cecilia lives in Montgomery on the border of England and Wales looking out over The Offa’s Dyke Path. We were a little worried that she wouldn’t be able to travel to South Wales in January if the weather was bad but mother nature was on our side and what a treat we had. Cecilia has a real passion for Free Motion Quilting and loves quilting Wholecloths; Vintage and Art Pieces  amongst a variety of other quilting and patchwork techniques. Teaching is another passion and we are hoping to get her back in the not too distant future to share some of her skills.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and more to follow throughout the year!

Seasonal Food and Fun!

23 Jan

It was a fabulous Christmas buffet again this year! As usual members excelled themselves with the variety and quality of the food. Group “Half Tidy” entertained all with songs and fun and the new Christmas bunting looked great.

A stunning Show and Tell!

The Glamorgan Quilters Christmas decorations looked amazing on the tree in the Holy Cross Christmas Tree Festival. Well done all!

Remember November?

14 Nov

We were all so busy this month with such a collection of wonderful quilting things it’s difficult to remember exactly what we included in this meeting!

Julia organised some of us to make book covers and another group to make Christmas bunting ready for our December meeting. It was without doubt, a busy Sewing Bee!

Betty brought fabric for a stash sale to raise money for Y Bont.

There was so much variety shown in members individual projects too! Christmas themes, baby quilts and an array of gorgeous things.

Corinne’s Christmas tree and Sashiko work.
Sandra’s silk wrap and quilt.

Francis had been on a month long quilt fest with her sister brought along just a “few” of the quilts she had completed.

Caroline was making journal covers for friends.

Hilary made a wedding memory quilt!
Helen’s work of art.
Wendy’s redwork!
Pam’s baby quilt is nearly finished!
This is amazing Jane!
Jeannie’s whole cloth quilt is stunning.
Salinder’s celebration of Geraint Thomas’ win!

Another busy month finishing with tea and cakes!

Inspired Quilting, Delicious Cake!

14 Oct

What an amazing “Show and Tell” we had this month with such a diverse range of work and talent on show! Who could fail to admire and be inspired by it all.


Glynis was on a production line!

Ann’s vintage 1920’s blocks.

Hexies galore girls!

Anne’s wonderful Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

Jill’s quilt in progress for her first grandchild.

Kath’s patchwork jacket!

Chris is converting these gorgeous book characters that she made into puppets, and there are more to come!

Gill has appliqued all these lovely blocks by hand!

Pam’s baby quilt, pattern purchased from “Cottage Patchwork”

Then if that wasn’t enough quilting delight, after lunch, Jo Riou arrived from Monmouth to talk about her LongArm Quilting business,

“Lou Lou Rioux”.

Jo brought along a wooden cutout example of her Gammill Statler Stitcher longarm quilting machine to demonstrate the size and range it has, which expained it beautifully. She has thousands of different patterns and gives advice on these and a range of threads suitable for your quilt. Take a look at her website to see the many varied designs.

Another inspiring day with such an interesting speaker. Jo gave so many hints and tips that most of us hadn’t heard before! We thoroughly enjoyed it all. To end a lovely day there was tea and cake, how delicious!


All Change!

19 Sep

It was a great start to the Quilting year with new Chair Julia in place and starting the meeting with some interesting changes to keep us all on our toes!

The tables were rearranged and we played a fun pairs game with named cards handed out randomly, then coming back in pairs to introduce everyone. We all learnt things we didn’t know about each other. It was lovely way to get together again after the Summer break!

It will soon be Glamorgan Quilters 40th Anniversary and we will be raising money for Tenovus over the coming months. Members proposed 4 charities and the votes were as follows:

Tenovus 19

Alzheimers 10

City Hospice 3

Pyjama Fairies 7

Truda Theodore is only remaining founder member of the group and has been made an Honorary Founder Member. Julia presented her with a certificate. See https://glamorganquilters.wordpress.com/truda-theodore/ for more information about Truda and Glamorgan Quilters.

Roger Stead, Pam’s husband came to the meeting with fabric to sell to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. A really good way to remember Pam!

The next meeting is on Saturday 12th October and the speaker is Jo Riou, Long Arm Quilter.

Jan Hassard and Strips Galore

31 Jul

In July Jan Hassard, who has been a quilter and embroiderer for many years and is a member of both the Quilters’ and Embroiderers’ Guilds, came to teach a workshop for some of the group. We had a fascinating day and were taught an interesting technique using strata strips to make colourful blocks with a variety of designs.  We had a wonderful time with some fabulous results!

Jan returned the following day to our AGM, to bring some stunning quilts and to talk about her successful journey through design and colour!

We learnt a tremendous amount and thoroughly enjoyed the two days with Jan!